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Students learn about government from unique teacher

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

Students in Stevens Point got a lesson about government from a unique teacher on Wednesday.

A Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.

It's part of a national initiative and it's all done online.

About 30 children at the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County got a taste of iCivics.

That's a free online educational gaming website that teaches children about the United States government.

State Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley is launching the new site.

"There are 22 boys and girls clubs currently in the state of Wisconsin and it's my challenge to visit all 22 and to encourage them to use the iCivics program as part of their curriculum." said Justice Bradley.

The iCivics website was launched three years ago by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O' Conner.

It was mainly focused on students in classrooms.

But Justice Bradley says within the last year, iCivics educators partnered up with boys and girls clubs around the nation.

"There are 4 million students that are touched by boys and girls clubs nationally so what a great venue to bring the iCivics program to," said Justice Bradley.

 "It's pretty exciting to be able to get a supreme court justice especially from our state to come here and talk about this program that we want to implement," said Nick Reising, the Director of Teen Services at the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County.

The students agree.

"I liked it, it was educational and it taught me a lot of what the government is about," said 6th grader Jakub Filtz.

Leaders at the boys and girls club say they'll implement the website into their daily activities for 9 weeks starting this fall.

"We can always gain more knowledge in the government and what is going on to gain a greater appreciation basically." said Reising.

Knowledge, Justice Bradley says children need to have.

If you'd live to check out the iCivics website here's the link:

http://www.icivics.org/ 

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